Gothic Homemaking World Premiere with Voltaire

Gothic Homemaking World Premiere with Voltaire

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Aurelio Voltaire, author of What is Goth? and Paint It Black: A Guide to Gothic Homemaking (often an item on books-you-didn’t-think-existed lists), premiered his new web series, Gothic Homemaking, at Dragon Con 2016. Voltaire took to the stage in the packed Hilton Crystal Ballroom Sunday evening, explaining how the idea for the web series came about as he was moving back to his small New York City apartment and was ready for a new look. This look, he said, needed
 
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An Interview with Todd McCaffrey: Author, Artist, Baker-man, Chef!

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Todd McCaffrey, a true Renaissance man, author of City of Angels and novels in the incomparable Pern series, is probably one of the nicest guys ever to grace Dragon Con. Todd forgave my timing and ether issues and answered belated queries for the Daily Dragon, including the recipe for his famous crepes: Daily Dragon (DD): Your novel City of Angels, released with new art direction this year by Word Fire Press (Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, publishers), delves into a
 
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The Awesome Brandon Sanderson, Continued

The Awesome Brandon Sanderson, Continued

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While navigating an exceptionally busy schedule of appearances at Dragon Con, Brandon Sanderson made the time to answer a few more questions for the Daily Dragon, as promised: Daily Dragon (DD): We’re thrilled to have you back at Dragon Con. What do enjoy most about the con? Brandon Sanderson (BWS): The sheer vibrancy of it. Some other big cons feel a little…inauthentic. You never get that at Dragon Con. It can be stuffy and crowded, but you don’t feel that
 
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Niche Markets in eBooks and Print (for Writers)

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The small stage in the Hilton 208-209 meeting room was filled to capacity Sunday afternoon with panelists for the “Niche Markets in eBooks & Print (for Writers).” Gail Z. Martin, Nico Murray, Alex Hovelich, Tyra Burton, Andrew Greenburg, Holly Bryant-Simpson and Elaine Calloway joined moderator Sascha Illyvich to discuss various types of niches and how to market yourself to your specific audience. Illyvich began the session with the question, what exactly is a niche market? The panel collaborated on the
 
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Cosplay Duos at Dragon Con

Cosplay Duos at Dragon Con

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Cosplay is one of the highlights of Dragon Con. Everyone gets involved—young and old, some of them serious costumers, others just out to have fun. And cosplaying with a buddy seems to double their enjoyment. This reporter stopped a few of these gutsy, creative, awesome cosplaying pairs to discover a little more about them. The first pair I found was Harley Quinn from Arkham Asylum (Katie Ledbetter) and Poison Ivy (Andrea Peng). Katie, a six-time veteran of Dragon Con, shared
 
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Bringing Out the Death: Crafting Zombies on a Budget

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Whether you’re looking to scare the brains out of everyone on Halloween or craft the goriest cosplay at Dragon Con, on Sunday professional makeup artist and film director Rob Fitz shared with attendees in the Westin Chastain F-H some of his creepiest budget-friendly tips for crafting zombie makeup. For realistic lesions, festering wounds, and decaying flesh, Pros-Aide makeup sells latex-free prosthetic transfers that easily apply in a few steps, similar to putting on a temporary tattoo. If the edges start
 
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Are Ewoks Teacup Wookies?: Genetics in Sci-Fi Settings

Are Ewoks Teacup Wookies?: Genetics in Sci-Fi Settings

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On Sunday afternoon at the Hilton, Bethany Brookshire (@scicurious), Eric Spana (@ericspana), Tina Saey (@thsaey), and Gregory Pence with moderator Yin-Yin Wong took on the topic of genetics in different science fiction worlds. The first arena they entered was the Canadian TV series Orphan Black about a woman whose life is on the skids so she takes the identity of a suicide victim who looks just like her. Apparently, that doesn’t work out so well for her. Eventually, she finds
 
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